Find the sinner, break the loop, and free yourself from the crimes of the past.

15th April 2021 – Montpellier, FRANCE – Working in partnership with publisher Dear Villagers, indie studio Modern Storyteller released a new cinematic trailer for their debut title The Forgotten City. 

The Forgotten City was also announced for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X today, and will also be available in the previously announced PC and Xbox One versions.

The game is an ambitious full-scale reimagining of the award-winning mod of the same name which has been downloaded no less than 3 million times. 

Trapped in a secret underground city in the time of the Roman Empire, twenty-three lost souls cling to life. In this precarious utopia, if one person breaks the mysterious Golden Rule, everyone dies. As a time-traveller drawn two thousand years into the past, you’ll relive their final moments in an endless loop, exploring and interrogating, and changing the course of the day with each secret you uncover.

‘Having The Forgotten City on next gen consoles is an absolute dream,’ says Nick Pearce, founder of Modern Storyteller. ‘It’s the story we always wanted to tell: an engrossing, poignant mystery that players can enjoy again, and again, and again.’



  • Explore an authentic, open-world ancient Roman city brought to life with Unreal Engine
  • Become entwined in the lives of richly detailed, deeply interactive characters
  • Grapple with moral dilemmas which have life-and-death consequences
  • Investigate a gripping, non-linear mystery with multiple endings
  • Role-play as whoever you want, choosing your own gender, origin and backstory
  • Solve problems your own way, with reason, charm, bribery, stealth, intimidation, or by cleverly exploiting the time-loop


About Modern Storyteller

Modern Storyteller began as Nick Pearce’s one-man modding team. After creating a wildly successful mod which won a national Writers’ Guild Award in 2016, Nick left behind a ten-year legal career and formed Modern Storyteller to create games telling emotionally engaging, intellectually stimulating stories in a way that helps gaming reach its full potential.

 About Dear Villagers

Dear Villagers is Plug In Digital’s publishing label. It’s a warm-hearted invitation to join them in the little unusual neighborhood they are building within the gaming industry, a place where talented studios can unleash their creativity and where players enjoy distinctive and audacious games on PC and consoles, such as Edge of Eternity, ScourgeBringer, and Astria Ascending.